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raised of £50,000 target by 48 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,560 to Recover or replace boat VAL which we abandoned during a storm in the Tasman sea. For more information goto

    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Funded on Friday, 7th July 2017

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    Your boat turns upside down and you’re there, holding each other, thinking for a split second that seems to last for an eternity ‘is she going to turn upright?’ After experiencing a raging storm, waves the size of buildings and winds that you can't stand up in we abandoned ship on Wednesday night.

    We were sailing from New Zealand to Australia in our boat Val as part of a 10-year circumnavigation of the globe. We experienced problems with the rudder on Saturday, but ploughed on. It wasn’t until Wednesday morning in six-metre swells and gale-force southerly winds, that we really felt that this could be it and we called for help. We were rescued by heroes at Australian Maritime Safety Authority while Val was left to drift at sea.

    We met at sea and lived on the twelve-meter yacht for the past 10 years. Our home’s gone, we’re alive, I expect to live a little bit longer and that’ll be okay.

    We are raising funds of up to 50k to help us to retrieve Val from the Tasman sea. Thank you in advance for any donation you maybe able to give.

    Nick and Barbara. Help rescue Val - our boat, our life and our home.

    More information at



    • Nick Dwyer7 years ago
      Nick Dwyer

      Nick Dwyer

      7 years ago

      We are just waiting for new shaft, which was benr, the the whole system will be strong as an ox. Then we can put her back in the water and carry on sorting out engine, replace port holes,address the rust caused by weeks of items sloshing around in the bilges. Ix wind generator roken solar pannel etc etc. We guess well be here in eden for a month. Before heading to sydney as winter approaches and we 40 degrees south.

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    • Nick Dwyer7 years ago
      Nick Dwyer

      Nick Dwyer

      7 years ago

      We have put val on a boat yard. The cause of the lack of steering was a broken weld joining the rudderstock to the teering flange. Nothing we could have fixed at sea. The rudder was badl damaged. I have spent the last two days angle grinding and welding and she is ready to go back on the boat. We are just waiting a new

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    • Nick Dwyer7 years ago
      Nick Dwyer

      Nick Dwyer

      7 years ago

      We just gambled all your donations. Val was spotted yesterday by a cruise ship. We chartered a private plane and re spotted her to day. As a direct result of you donations, VAL is now under tow to a safe port. Thank again

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    • Richard Parry

      Richard Parry

      Jul 3, 2017

      Hi Nick and Barbara,Hope your trip goes well.Love, Lorena and Richard

    • Alan Doherty

      Alan Doherty

      Jun 14, 2017


    • John Olar

      John Olar

      May 25, 2017

      Best of luck!


    • Shane Dennis

      Shane Dennis

      Apr 15, 2017

      With interest :)


    • Cliff Renshaw

      Cliff Renshaw

      Apr 3, 2017

      Nick & BarbaraFair winds and calm seas as you regain your life.Cliff RenshawOCC Port Officer Liverpool UK


    • David Nolan

      David Nolan

      Apr 2, 2017

      Nick we know it's not much but hope it helps Val get better. More importantly gets you back out on the ocean where you are happiest. Fair winds to you all.


    • Peter r Verdon

      Peter r Verdon

      Apr 1, 2017

      Good luck from us both. Hope to see you sail in to Savusavu one day soon


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    Nick Dwyer

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    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Help rescue Val - our boat, our life and our home. More information and press coverage visit

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